Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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1 Corinthians 5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges] those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

            As you probably already know the Apostle Paul was pretty tough on the Corinthian Church. That which we call 1 Corinthians is actually a second, or possible even a third letter he wrote to the group in Corinth. Leaving the so-called privilege of all of the Gentile trappings of life in ancient Rome these Greeks were no doubt somewhat arrogant, something which should be fairly understandable in this age of calling out attitudes of privilege whether black, white or any other concept you might choose.

            One of the greatest difficulties in the age of extreme individualism is to come to grips with the idea of the Church as a holiness community. Through the past several hundred years the focus has been on individual, personal sanctification, in that pursuit we have often lost the clear understanding that the Apostle had when he chided the Corinthian Church. The Church is to be a community of Holiness and that to be a witness to the world. 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you. 26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. (Ibid 1:24-26)

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Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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